The cold weather is officially here, which means snow and ice. It’s not too late to get your parking lot prepared for any upcoming storms. While True North Ventures handles the removal of snow, and the placement of ice melt products, there are a few things you can do to ensure your parking lot is ready for any winter weather clean-up. Here’s what you can do on your end to keep your parking lot clear.
“It actually can expand and shrink depending on how much moisture is in the air.”
● Fix any repairs: The sooner you can do this step, the better. While asphalt is permanent, its chemical compound can breakdown from season to season. It actually can expand and shrink depending on how much moisture is in the air. Cracks form quickly, and if they’re not fixed, you could find potholes forming within the cracked areas. If you see any cracks, fill them in as soon as possible. Water can fill these holes and cause more damage to your asphalt. Add a seal coat to help repel any moisture. Usually, the seal coat needs to be reapplied every 2 to 5 years, depending on how much use the asphalt gets.
● Look for any pooling: Pay attention to any areas where the water is pooling. This can ensue a much more complex repair method, however it will have to wait for the warmer weather in spring. Until you’re able to remedy these pooling areas, it’s best to keep as much water from the area as you are able.
“Pay attention to any areas where the water is pooling.”
“Don’t leave any debris on the pavement.”
● Clean everything up: Don’t leave any debris on the pavement. The debris can include leaves, dirt, or anything else. Cleaning will do a few things: it will uncover any hidden cracks, it will ensure nothing freezes to the pavement during the winter, and it leaves the area clear for shoveling and plowing.
● Stock up: Even with hiring a professional company like True North Ventures, it’s recommended to stock up on supplies yourself. This can include plastic edged shovels, rather than metal, as the metal can damage the pavement. We work as quickly as possible to get to your parking lot for snow removal, however you might have to do some minor winter weather maintenance, yourself, for the safety of your business and employees.
“Even with hiring a professional company like True North Ventures, it’s recommended to stock up on supplies yourself.”